Robert Gordon University (RGU) is committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. RGU Net Zero is the University’s framework that’s sets out our commitments across our operations, academic offer and its thriving innovation environment.
Prof. Steve Olivier, Principal and Vice Chancellor at RGU stated: “The evidence on climate change is clear and undisputed. RGU has a duty to act and to help build a better world. Our sustainability framework, RGU Net Zero, sets out our action plan through our campus activities, our academic offer and through our thought leadership and innovation.”
RGU Net Zero Academic Offer: The Universities strategic aim is to grow our globally recognised impactful research and target areas where our expertise can make the greatest impact. From examining the benefits of green infrastructure to reducing the environmental impact of rural public transport and delivering critical subsea solutions, researchers at RGU are contributing to delivering Net Zero solutions in Scotland and beyond.
The most significant of these is our investment in the National Subsea Centre. With more than 45,000 employees and 650 companies, the £7.5billion subsea industry represents a huge opportunity for cutting edge research and innovation.
National Subsea Centre: RGU and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre have partnered to create the National Subsea Centre (NSC), a multi-million-pound Centre of Excellence for Subsea Research Technology development. Its vision is to drive transformation to a sustainable marine-based economy; to build a better future for society, business and the environment.
The NSC is currently working on key energy transition strategies and technology developments. One such project under development at this moment is the integration of offshore renewable energy systems with an offshore energy hub.
The University has also committed to embedding sustainability across it’s curricula and Net Zero Campus where it is identifying options to decarbonise heat demands and reduce water consumption in its buildings and for transport that promotes car sharing and low carbon travel. As the top modern university in Scotland, RGU has a unique opportunity to shape the sustainability landscape by bringing to bear our strengths in teaching, research, innovation and industry partnerships
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